As part of its anniversary tour, the Porsche 356 “No.1” Roadster is currently on the road in North America. Seventy years after the “No.1” left the plant in Gmünd, Austria, it’s now on show in Canada for the first time. Then it’s onward to the Rennsport Reunion.
To mark the anniversary of “70 years of Porsche sports cars”, the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen has sent a very special classic car to northern Germany: the 911 (901) No. 57 that gained notoriety through the German TV-programme “Der Trödeltrupp” has taken its first official drive before the viewing public.
The Porsche 597 “Jagdwagen” started life as a design submitted by Porsche in response to a call to tender by the German army during the 1950s. With its switchable all-wheel drive and trough-like monocoque bodyshell, it could withstand almost any type of terrain – both on land and water. However, only 71 units of the off-road vehicle were built.
For many years, Stefan Bellof was considered the greatest talent produced by Germany. He made a name for himself in the Porsche 956 – the car that he was also driving in the accident that killed him. The memory of this high-flyer is kept alive by his brother Georg.
Porsche Classic has celebrated 70 years of vibrant sports car history at this year’s AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Showcasing the victories achieved by classic cars made in Zuffenhausen, the Nürburgring provided the setting for another anniversary: the 30th anniversary of the 964 generation of the 911.
At the end of the 1970s, Jean-Claude Rude pursued his dream of becoming the fastest cyclist in the world: 240 km/h was the breathtaking speed that the French professional cyclist was aiming to beat – in the slipstream of a Porsche 935 Turbo. Racing driver Henri Pescarolo, who was behind the wheel of the Porsche still remembers it as if it were yesterday.